It’s finally heating season in Iowa. For most everyone I know this means wondering just how much natural gas that your furnace is consuming. In prior years this was a big deal because the price of natural gas seemed like it was on a trajectory to equal platinum in cost. Expansion of domestic supplies through the use of fracking has almost made the price of natural gas trivial.
Nonetheless, there is a very large environmental impact to heating your home in the winter. The EPA has put together a nice infographic laying out the costs of home heating:
It’s why I keep my home an average of 64 degrees or cooler in the winter. Heck, what is better than sleeping with the covers pulled up tight when the temperatures drop outside and the house is kept at a nice 56 degrees?